Texas mayor ARRESTED for rigging his own election!

A mayor in South Texas, and his wife, have been arrested for rigging his own election back in 2017.

Here’s the lowdown:

HOUSTON CHRONICLE – A South Texas mayor and his wife have been arrested on voter fraud charges, Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Thursday.

City of Edinburg Mayor Richard Molina and his wife, Dalia, are charged with illegal voting, a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in jail and an up to $10,000 fine, related to his 2017 mayoral election. Molina unseated the incumbent Mayor Richard Garcia after winning by more than 1,200 votes in that election.

“Voter fraud is an affront to democracy and places the decision-making authority of the Texas electorate in the hands of those who have no right to make those choices,” Paxton said in a press release. “My office will always do everything it can to protect the integrity of Texas elections and the rights of every legal voter to cast a ballot and have it counted accurately.”

The couple is accused of asking voters to change their addresses to places they didn’t live, including an apartment complex Molina owns, so they could vote for him in the November 2017 city election as part of what Paxton described as “an organized illegal voting scheme.”



Apparently 18 other people have already been arrested in connection with Molina’s voter fraud scheme.

Now I know what you are wondering: is this guy a Republican or Democrat?

I was wondering the very same thing! But I had to actually research the man because there wasn’t a single article I could find that gave his political party affiliation.

And honestly, I found nothing. There is a Richard Molina on Ballotpedia, but after more research I think that’s a different person altogether.

So I guess it doesn’t matter really. It’s good Texas is cracking down on voter fraud.

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95 thoughts on “Texas mayor ARRESTED for rigging his own election!

  1. “Texas is cracking down on election fraud.”

    Happy to see at least one state in the Nation defending our votes.

  2. I’ve been searching a lot to see if he is a Dem or GOP, but it’s possible as a small town mayor he has taken pains to avoid being pegged as either. I cannot find even a hint that would indicate either way.

  3. Not possible. Democrats told me there was no illegal voting issue…. It’s just a republican scare tactic.

    Sarc

  4. …but…but…for years we’ve been told by the media and leftist politicians “there is no voter fraud,” and “…if there is, it’s so minuscule as to have no effect on election outcomes.”

    The media lied?!?!?!

    /sarc

    FWIW, most city offices in Texas are “non-partisan” in the sense political parties do not run candidates, party affiliation is not on the ballot, and there are no party primaries.

  5. He did serve with the Army in Bosnia, for what it’s worth. Served on several police forces also. At least that’s what his bio says. I’d give him the opportunity to defend against the charges. His campaign issues were all about revitalizing business in the area and so forth, which seems good. No SJW stuff on his issues page. He’s a Catholic with a nice looking family. Probably a pretty decent guy.

    1. Ya, other than being a sleazy fraudulent crook of a politiican, he seems to be a decent guy!

  6. If you want to flee the violence and corruption south of the border, why do you bring it with you?

  7. If he’s a Republican he needs to go to jail.
    If he’s a Democrat he needs to get promoted.

  8. If you can’t find his party affiliation then that is a 99% chance he is a Democrat. The mass media will sing it from the roof tops that Republican so and so did something wrong, but if the person is a Democrat then the media will just report the person’s name and leave the rest out….The media is not biased though right.

  9. …..and just one mayoral voter fraud which comes up with 1200 fraudulent votes.Wonder how many votes Ted would have won by if Paxton was supervising a do over election with Beto.Lot higher than what Ted originally won by.

      1. I had never heard of Beto until he had decided to replace Ted Cruz as the Texas Senator.Since the election I have given him a little attention and this guy is a complete nut job and makes me wonder how is it possible Texas was willing to allow Ted Cruz slip away for this nut job.I just cannot imagine Texas losing either Greg Abbott,Ken Paxton or Ted Cruz,Have a nice day Kelli .

  10. @therightscoop Pretty sure he’s a Democrat. Found this on Facebook in Jorge “Coach” Salinas’ fb page…

    “Hildalgo County Democratic Party
    October 21, 2017 ·
    Happening now! Huge GOTV Rally!! Richard Molina For Edinburg Mayor 2017 Gilbert Enriquez for Edinburg City Council Pl. 2 Jorge “Coach” Salinas Edinburg City Council Place 1

    SAT, OCT 21, 2017
    Get Out The Vote!
    3025 S Sugar Rd, Edinburg, TX 78539-2117, United States”
    💡
    https://www.facebook.com/hidalgodems/posts/10155994917894789

  11. If you have ever volunteered as a poll worker, you realize how very fragile our voting system is.

    It demands scrupulously honest, decent people volunteering to provide even the patina of checks and balances. One or two crooks can take over the entire system, and those who still volunteer to work at the poling places are getting so old this will happen sooner rather than later.

    New people will easily undermine this current system because there are so many ways to hijack it. The days of trust, shared values and patriotism are over. And it will take our free and fair elections down with it.

    Couple this with the Democrats “vote-harvesting” and you can kiss any form of “democracy” good by in this country. It will soon be fully taken over by the big government unions, who have the biggest skin in this game.

  12. How many times have we been told that there was no voter fraud?
    We need a vigorous and well publicized prosecution of perpetrators of voter fraud.

  13. Whenever they refuse to report what party the person is from, 99.99% of the time it turns out to be a Democrat. At the same time, I’m glad that the awesome AG from TX is cracking down on this voter fraud which is going to become a huge issue in upcoming elections.

    They’ve gotten away with it for so long and put out this false narrative that Voter ID is racist, that we will see much more this next election. I’m afraid for our country and pray that people are waking up. Minnesota was a part of it in 2008 and continues to this day.

  14. I live in edinburg. People down here dont run for local office as Republicans or democrats. Most are democrats.

    1. Pretty sure the Dems wouldn’t get so enthusiastic about getting out the vote for a Repub. vvv

  15. Just heard about this on my local radio talk show. Not only is Richard Molina a Democrat, he was a voter registrar at the time!!

    1. Of course he’s a Democrat. You know how to tell? The Houston Chronicle doesn’t mention his party affiliation.

      1. Republicans get their party affiliation mentioned in the first paragraph, sometimes the first sentence, sometimes the first word.

    1. @dr-strangelove Ain’t it the truth. Problem is there are so few good people who want to run for office these days, and who can blame them.

  16. Lock the guy up even if he’s a Republican – we don’t need crooks in Office. We have seen enough of them in the FBI & DOJ and Obama Administrators

  17. I was suspicious the minute I started reading the article and it didn’t say, “The Republican Mayor of ……..orchestrated voter fraud….” That is how the mainstream media would have reported it had the guy been a Republican. My gut feeling says that he is a demonRat, even if he is officially “nonpartisan”, and the media doesn’t want people to know his political leanings.

  18. Our city, school, and municipal level positions are all non-partisan in Texas. But any city over about 70,000, you can bet your lunch money they’re Democrats.

  19. If you have ever volunteered as a poll worker, you realize how very fragile our voting system is.

    It demands scrupulously honest, decent people volunteering to provide even the patina of checks and balances. One or two crooks can take over the entire system, and those who still volunteer to work at the poling places are getting so old this will happen sooner rather than later.

    New people will easily undermine this current system because there are so many ways to hijack it. The days of trust, shared values and patriotism are over. And it will take our free and fair elections down with it.

    Couple this with the Democrats “vote-harvesting” and you can kiss any form of “democracy” good by in this country. It will soon be fully taken over by the big government unions, who have the biggest skin in this game.

  20. Every vote should count, doesn’t matter right? So if he’s a leftist the votes stand. If he’s a Republican I see Russian collusion.

  21. How many times have we been told that there was no voter fraud?
    We need a vigorous and well publicized prosecution of perpetrators of voter fraud.

  22. You’re correct Scoop, it really doesn’t matter if he was an R or a D, we’ve definitely have creeps on our side but yes, that’s what I was wondering first thing.

  23. Whenever they refuse to report what party the person is from, 99.99% of the time it turns out to be a Democrat. At the same time, I’m glad that the awesome AG from TX is cracking down on this voter fraud which is going to become a huge issue in upcoming elections.

    They’ve gotten away with it for so long and put out this false narrative that Voter ID is racist, that we will see much more this next election. I’m afraid for our country and pray that people are waking up. Minnesota was a part of it in 2008 and continues to this day.

  24. “Texas is cracking down on election fraud.”

    Happy to see at least one state in the Nation defending our votes.

  25. The Rio Grande Valley is PACKED with Democrat voters, not unlike other major cities, so it stands to reason that unless you’re a Democrat you needn’t bother running because you’re wasting your time.

    Molina is obviously a Democrat, and a typical lawless one at that. Molina, like other Democrats, look at our Laws as being for “everyone else.”

  26. Every vote should count, doesn’t matter right? So if he’s a leftist the votes stand. If he’s a Republican I see Russian collusion.

  27. South Texas has LONG been a Democratic stronghold rife with corruption, including voter fraud and voter intimidation. A long history of corruption that has had Texas in trouble nationally.

  28. Just heard about this on my local radio talk show. Not only is Richard Molina a Democrat, he was a voter registrar at the time!!

    1. Of course he’s a Democrat. You know how to tell? The Houston Chronicle doesn’t mention his party affiliation.

      1. Republicans get their party affiliation mentioned in the first paragraph, sometimes the first sentence, sometimes the first word.

  29. You’re correct Scoop, it really doesn’t matter if he was an R or a D, we’ve definitely have creeps on our side but yes, that’s what I was wondering first thing.

  30. Wow judges getting indicted for obstructing justice and politicians getting arrested for rigging elections? Who’da thunk something like this could ever happen?

    1. @dr-strangelove Ain’t it the truth. Problem is there are so few good people who want to run for office these days, and who can blame them.

  31. Lock the guy up even if he’s a Republican – we don’t need crooks in Office. We have seen enough of them in the FBI & DOJ and Obama Administrators

  32. Our city, school, and municipal level positions are all non-partisan in Texas. But any city over about 70,000, you can bet your lunch money they’re Democrats.

  33. The Rio Grande Valley is PACKED with Democrat voters, not unlike other major cities, so it stands to reason that unless you’re a Democrat you needn’t bother running because you’re wasting your time.

    Molina is obviously a Democrat, and a typical lawless one at that. Molina, like other Democrats, look at our Laws as being for “everyone else.”

  34. I was suspicious the minute I started reading the article and it didn’t say, “The Republican Mayor of ……..orchestrated voter fraud….” That is how the mainstream media would have reported it had the guy been a Republican. My gut feeling says that he is a demonRat, even if he is officially “nonpartisan”, and the media doesn’t want people to know his political leanings.

  35. South Texas has LONG been a Democratic stronghold rife with corruption, including voter fraud and voter intimidation. A long history of corruption that has had Texas in trouble nationally.

  36. Wow judges getting indicted for obstructing justice and politicians getting arrested for rigging elections? Who’da thunk something like this could ever happen?

  37. I live in edinburg. People down here dont run for local office as Republicans or democrats. Most are democrats.

    1. Pretty sure the Dems wouldn’t get so enthusiastic about getting out the vote for a Repub. vvv

  38. If you can’t find his party affiliation then that is a 99% chance he is a Democrat. The mass media will sing it from the roof tops that Republican so and so did something wrong, but if the person is a Democrat then the media will just report the person’s name and leave the rest out….The media is not biased though right.

  39. If you want to flee the violence and corruption south of the border, why do you bring it with you?

  40. @therightscoop Pretty sure he’s a Democrat. Found this on Facebook in Jorge “Coach” Salinas’ fb page…

    “Hildalgo County Democratic Party
    October 21, 2017 ·
    Happening now! Huge GOTV Rally!! Richard Molina For Edinburg Mayor 2017 Gilbert Enriquez for Edinburg City Council Pl. 2 Jorge “Coach” Salinas Edinburg City Council Place 1

    SAT, OCT 21, 2017
    Get Out The Vote!
    3025 S Sugar Rd, Edinburg, TX 78539-2117, United States”
    💡
    https://www.facebook.com/hidalgodems/posts/10155994917894789

  41. …..and just one mayoral voter fraud which comes up with 1200 fraudulent votes.Wonder how many votes Ted would have won by if Paxton was supervising a do over election with Beto.Lot higher than what Ted originally won by.

      1. I had never heard of Beto until he had decided to replace Ted Cruz as the Texas Senator.Since the election I have given him a little attention and this guy is a complete nut job and makes me wonder how is it possible Texas was willing to allow Ted Cruz slip away for this nut job.I just cannot imagine Texas losing either Greg Abbott,Ken Paxton or Ted Cruz,Have a nice day Kelli .

  42. If he’s a Republican he needs to go to jail.
    If he’s a Democrat he needs to get promoted.

  43. Not possible. Democrats told me there was no illegal voting issue…. It’s just a republican scare tactic.

    Sarc

  44. I’ve been searching a lot to see if he is a Dem or GOP, but it’s possible as a small town mayor he has taken pains to avoid being pegged as either. I cannot find even a hint that would indicate either way.

  45. …but…but…for years we’ve been told by the media and leftist politicians “there is no voter fraud,” and “…if there is, it’s so minuscule as to have no effect on election outcomes.”

    The media lied?!?!?!

    /sarc

    FWIW, most city offices in Texas are “non-partisan” in the sense political parties do not run candidates, party affiliation is not on the ballot, and there are no party primaries.

    1. The left despises Paxton. They’re constantly trying to tar and feather him with scandals, but so far, no joy for them.

  46. “If you ain’t cheat’in, you ain’t racing.”
    Legendary driver and champion
    -Darrell Waltrip

  47. I thought the DemoCraps said there is no evidence of voter fraud?

    It’s a border town (update), so he’s gotta be a Democrat.

  48. He did serve with the Army in Bosnia, for what it’s worth. Served on several police forces also. At least that’s what his bio says. I’d give him the opportunity to defend against the charges. His campaign issues were all about revitalizing business in the area and so forth, which seems good. No SJW stuff on his issues page. He’s a Catholic with a nice looking family. Probably a pretty decent guy.

    1. Ya, other than being a sleazy fraudulent crook of a politiican, he seems to be a decent guy!

      1. Innocent until proven guilty in front of a jury of his peers, my friend. There are also crooked prosecutors in Texas, believe it or not. I know other states don’t ever have that problem. /s

  49. I`m guessing he’s a Dem as they are notorious for rigging elections.
    If he had been Republican, the word Republican would have been used before his name in the article multiple times.

  50. Go Texas! Strange how the congress is rarely in session and they have a governor and AG who don’t take any crap…Like Greg Abbott said, if we lose Texas, we lose the country….

  51. Attorney General Ken Paxton has really been on the ball down there! Massive kudos to him!

    1. The left despises Paxton. They’re constantly trying to tar and feather him with scandals, but so far, no joy for them.

  52. “If you ain’t cheat’in, you ain’t racing.”
    Legendary driver and champion
    -Darrell Waltrip

  53. I thought the DemoCraps said there is no evidence of voter fraud?

    It’s a border town (update), so he’s gotta be a Democrat.

  54. I`m guessing he’s a Dem as they are notorious for rigging elections.
    If he had been Republican, the word Republican would have been used before his name in the article multiple times.

  55. Go Texas! Strange how the congress is rarely in session and they have a governor and AG who don’t take any crap…Like Greg Abbott said, if we lose Texas, we lose the country….

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